A simple and clever word game that is captivating the Internet

Illustrated by Max Fleishman

Wordle, an everyday word puzzle game that asks players to guess a five-letter word within six attempts, has taken over Twitter after the new year. And sure enough, memes are starting to take over, too.

Even if you’ve never played Wordle, you might recognize it from the emoji that popped up on Twitter recently. Tweets typically consist of a sequence of green, yellow, and black or white squares. The last row usually consists of five green squares and a fraction indicating how many tries (out of six) it took you to complete the game. A green square indicates the letter is in the correct position, a yellow square indicates a letter is in the word but in the incorrect place, and a black or white square (depending on whether the site is light) or dark) indicates that letter is not in the word at all. Plus, once you learn the plot about how Josh Wardle originally created the game for his partner, the game even turned a little romantic.

It’s a low-stakes game that costs nothing to play β€” you don’t even need an app for it, you just go to a site to playβ€”But the emoji format lets you brag about solving puzzles.

But it also opens up to me a lot of different styles.

For some, Wordle, delivering a new word every day, has become something to look forward to during the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. But solving it early also means waiting for hours for the next puzzle to appear. (Some people have directional around that difficulty by coding versions of the game allows you to play more than once a day.)

It’s a simple game, one that can make those who log in feel like they’re part of some secret club, even though its popularity has exploded on Twitter in the past week.

However, like the red flag meme before it, posting some square emojis isn’t really helpful for Twitter users who use screen readers to access the site.

So far, Wordle is continuing to grow as more people discover the game. And while we may lose interest in Wordle next week, it’s a great recap of the internet era long gone. It doesn’t cost anything to play, it doesn’t require us to agree to draconian terms and conditions to access it, we don’t need a smartphone. It’s just a game.

* First published: January 5, 2022, 1:16 p.m. CST

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a writer and film/TV critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.

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